After an incredibly successful start on Broadway, the multi-award-winning Book of Mormon is back. The show has a mega 9 Tony Awards and a Grammy to its name, having received overwhelmingly positive reviews since opening. The Book of Mormon is constantly among the highest-grossing shows for ticket sales, breaking all sorts of box office records. And demand only seems to be growing.
The show was created by the ultimate comedy dream team. 'South Park's' creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone joined forces with 'Avenue Q's' Robert Lopez, after watching the puppet musical. They flew to Salt Lake City to do research, meeting with Mormon missionaries to develop the plot. Following seven years of maturity, The Book of Mormon finally opened on Broadway in 2011 and then at the Prince of Wales in the West End two years later. The most recent UK tour witnessed a sell-out run starting at Manchester's Palace Theatre, which was extended due to popular demand.
The story centres around two Mormon missionaries, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham. The mismatched pair travel to a remote Ugandan village to spread the word, but aren't prepared for what they encounter. It seems the local villagers are too busy dealing with disease, famine, and dangerous warlords.
The Book of Mormon holds traces of South Park's sarcasm and provocative humour. Whether it's the hilarious songs like 'All American Prophet' and I Am Africa' or pop culture jokes, the satire cleverly tackles sensitive themes. It's also bursting with colourful, unforgettable characters like 'Elder McKinley', 'Mafala' and the evil General.
The musical has proved to be wildly popular across the world. It dares to break boundaries, audiences leave theatres both shocked and entertained. It's unlike any other musical, bringing theatre to the masses and unapologetically poking fun at everything and everyone. It's no wonder The New York Times hailed it as 'The Best Musical of This Century'. And with tickets rapidly selling out in all corners of the world, The Book of Mormon is sure to go down in history.